Indonesia

Indonesia is a country of staggering diversity and complexity.  Yet the historical and cultural differences of Australia’s nearest neighbour are vast, among the widest of any pair of adjoining countries.  Indonesians are unusual in so far as they include water within the boundaries of their territory, calling their country Tanah Air Kita – Our Land […]

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Italy

Do we really need to profile a destination such as Italy? Along the length and breadth of this extraordinary peninsula are constant reminders of its massive influence in the history and civilisation of Europe and indeed the rest of the world. First-time travellers soon become uneasily aware that for every familiar treasure they see in […]

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Burma

This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about. Kipling’s words echo as true today as when they were written.  Primitive and untamed, Myanmar (Burma) is perhaps the most enigmatic nation of Southeast Asia.  Part of the reason is due to the terrain:  ringed by rugged mountains on three borders […]

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Cambodia

One of the most beguiling of Southeast Asian countries and long associated with the brutal Khmer Rouge, Cambodia has risen above its bloody history to become a compelling travel destination. Ancient Cambodia produced one of world’s greatest civilisations at Angkor. Your first glimpse of Angkor Wat, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius, is sublime.  But […]

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Greece

Despite economic woes, Greece will always remain a compelling destination. Incredible historic sites span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure. Superb harbours and beaches punctuate the coastline and mountainous interiors beg exploration. Then there are the iconic islands, ranging from backwater dots in the Aegean’s blue vastness (where a highlight is the […]

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Madagascar

Formerly a landlocked plateau in the centre of Gondwanaland, Madagascar became marooned when that ancient landmass split into the island continents of Australia, Antarctica, South America and Africa. Separated by the Mozambique Channel from Africa’s eastern coast about 65 million years ago, Madagascar developed in isolation.  Its natural history is unique.  The world’s fourth-largest island […]

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Vietnam

From 2000 years of Chinese domination to the more contemporary influences of French colonialism and the turbulent independence movement of the mid 20th century, Viet Nam is now enthusiastically embraced by travellers for its atmospheric cities, magnificent natural beauty, friendly inquisitive people and delicious food. Narrow borders seem to bulge against the surging bustle of […]

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